Monday 8 October 2018.
Heavy overcast starts the morning and week, it’s our first drive into Olifants for ten days as first I then Morag were struck down with flu and it’s taking sometime to throw it off, but we can’t stay cooped up in the house any longer so away we go, wonderful. Our drive is very quiet, very little game about, even the impala are few and far between, we do check out the new roads that have been cut, the one running south from natural pan, after a few k’s a T junction, go left for the klaserie cutline, right for the 4 pylons, when
you arrive at the 4 pylons cross straight over and for awhile follow the dry river bed that feeds into sand then vear away and up onto wildebeest drive, great new additions. After enjoying our breakfast at the new table on the new palm drive we make our way back to the garages do a swap and then pop down to the office to say hi to M&M before heading for home, and where mica mining road meet the EE we bump into a large herd of elephant who are in no hurry to move on, on both sides of the road and even a couple of them lying down in the road, so while sitting there we also see waterbuck, impala a couple of kudu and a troop of baboon. After sometime it becomes obvious they are not moving any time soon so we back track and go out along the railway line, and along here we see more impala, a couple giraffe, kudu and a family of warthog, and by this time the cloud cover has begun to lift so no chance of any rain I’m afraid.
Thursday 11, Another overcast morning which clears up later on, first up at the top of the runway a mating pair of lions, hopefully we can look forward to some cubs in about 90/95 days time, lets hope they are born just down along the palm, where over the years
many litters have been born. We continue down to the bottom of the airstrip and then along palm drive, cross at mike’s link, here we find a small herd of impala and a giraffe,
take the new road all the way to sable dam, just the odd impala about, the same for mashatu drive and around rhino pan. We head up to the 4 pylons and take the next new road from the the 4 pylons, closely following the palm loop on the northern side, absolutely super, and coming out on the klaserie cutline, we head up the cutline , find the odd impala, a couple of giraffe and a pair of bateleur eagles in a tree on the klaserie side. We come to the next new road off the klaserie cutline and just south of fungwe drive, find plenty of impala and a herd of elephant , just before we reach the 4 pylons road. We cross straight over and find giraffe and a large herd of impala all heading down to sand dam, we join wildebeest drive for rhino and on the plains a herd of 8 wildebeest cross the road ahead of us. Back along mashatu and all the way along the palm to the new picnic/table where we meet Mario for a light breakfast. We cross the palm find plenty of impala on the open plains , along hyena way as far as the new crossing where we continue all the way to the rail road and upto the garages.
Friday 12, A beautiful clear morning, already 21 degs at 5am so it’s going to be a warm one. Good general game this morning especially impala who seem to be everywhere, either at the various water holes or coming in to drink in long lines from every direction, likes the spokes of a wheel. I see 15 giraffe in all around big, rhino, sable dam and along the palm. Spot a african hawk bathing at sable dam. While sitting at sable watching the impala coming in from every direction and lone hyena comes in, not sure if he/she/it hoped to get lucky with an impala, didn’t drink and stayed hidden behind the wall. Getting hot so head for the garages and home. That’s the end for the week.
You all take care, R&T, N&M. 🐘🐘🐘